We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £49,832 from the National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Platinum Jubilee funding launched to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign.
The Platinum Jubilee funding was designed to create a greater legacy for our places and spaces, aimed at projects that support new opportunities, inspire activities and build better relationships with one another across the generations and with the natural world.
Our two-year project will focus on creating and growing community engagement and volunteering opportunities across our heritage sites, with a particular focus on Sancreed and Castle an Dinas, where we plan to create dedicated community groups.
We will be running school visits and workshops, as well as Story Cafés and outreach events to gather more information about the history of the localities around these fascinating spaces.
There will also be the chance to get hands-on, as part of the funding will enable us to carry out a site clearance project at Sancreed Beacon with our new volunteers. If you are interested in signing up to become a volunteer, click here. We will also be leading guided walks on the sites to enable people to find out more about the heritage in their local landscape.
The project officially launches on 2nd June when we will join the national beacon lighting event to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Beacons will be lit at Castle an Dinas and Sancreed Beacon at 9.45pm and we hope to be joined by the local communities as well as members and friends.
The legacy of this funding will see our historically important sites being cared for by local people who work with the Trust, improving the spaces for everyone to enjoy. By working with schools and young people we will ensure that future generations are also inspired to care for their local heritage and continue to look after the sites.
We plan to use this project as a model for our other sites and establish volunteering as a key element of our work moving forwards. It is hoped that as volunteer numbers grow, we will be able to expand the scheme to also include neighbouring sites and places of interest. The skills and knowledge gained during this project will then be shared so that more people benefit as the scheme continues to grow.
Thank you to National Lottery players for making this possible!